It took a very classy blog that was posted on this site earlier this week, an untimely death last month and an Easter Sunday's sermon -- that finally sunk in -- to try to maintain this new mindset and one I hope to keep.
Although the recent passing, blog and sermon have nothing in common other than that both reminded me -- and encourages me -- to not waste time with trivial things. Since I spend a great deal on this site, those discoveries mostly pertain to here.
I mean, it's entirely possible I'll forget this lesson and give out the wrong impression through my posts (again) and witness the responses from butt hurt babies, but...
I'm joking. I really am. I'd like to think I am wiser and hope to learn from past mishaps. I was raised better than that.
Anyway, that sermon was about forgiveness, being mindful of others feelings, becoming more open-minded and things of that nature. With that said, I've wiped the slate clean and forgive anyone that may have done me wrong. I mean, I'm a forgetful person and one not to remember to hold grudges, but I do tend to pity people who are too stubborn to forgive and admit they were wrong. I don't think that's any way to live life. It's basically living a lie. Personally, my preference is to be the better man and move on.
I've gotten to be more like Switzerland lately too, but with a slight twist. I don't back down if I feel like I'm right, but don't go out looking for trouble either; try to cherry pick my battles because you can't win them all. Unfortunately, I may have hurt some people's feelings in the past and due to a death in this community, I don't want my words to trigger anything like that with someone else, so I'm going to be extra careful with my wording going forward. I don't want that on my conscience.
Destroyer of No Words
Even though I can be a destroyer of words -- that probably needs to be exercised more into reviews of games rather than towards people -- I'm also willing to apologize if I've ever gotten out of line. That side of me seemed to mostly ooze out during contests while I was trying to have fun, but regrettably, some misinterpreted it as an attack and took it too personal. Hopefully that's all cleared up now. Then again, you can't fix stupid either and there will always be that person who prefers to indulge in drama.
And, I'll go ahead and admit it. Before I had this Epiphany, if you will, I was going to be nasty with this blog in response to some silliness, but decided against it. My point has already been made, others backed me, and I essentially came out on top through that ordeal. I have flexed my superiority -- they realize this -- so there's no point to continue rubbing it in. I've walked away the better person and accomplished what I wanted through my posts and that's that. I do wish them the best, whatever that may entail. Additionally, I don't need to prove anything else and have decided to pry myself away from that petty drama. I'm better than that and shouldn't have succumbed to their level, so I'm opting to continue living by a finer example.
As my signature says, "Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." And, I think it's gotten to a point where that distinction is starting to get blurry. I've already permanently put them in their place, so there's really no point in continuing this back and forth banter. I'm letting things go by letting them stay in their little bubble. Plus, it's just not amusing; not a challenge. Like shooting puppies in a barrel. I should probably tip it over and at least give them a running chance, right? Heh.
Of course, I do have a tendency to call people out in regards to hypocrisy though, especially when someone says one thing, but does the complete opposite. Again, I'm going to leave that as is and not expand on it any further because nothing good will come from it. The truth will eventually reveal itself without my aid, so I'm opting to let nature take its course.
One last thing I was going to bring up is that people who behave like keyboard warriors only has one strength: anonymity. Someone I know seems to have forgotten that. Make sure the person you're spouting hate towards doesn't know where you live. Fair warning.
OK. I better stop. I'm trying to turn over a new leaf here and not go to jail for karate kicking someone's head in. Ha! But, seriously - I'll still continue being grandiose, creative and make jokes, but I will tone down the negativity and our laughs won't be at the expense of another person. Life needs more sunshine and puppies and... well, I forget the rest.
All right. Let's transition into something more positive and leave all of this negativity in the rear view mirror and never look back. Truth be told, I'm at a really good place gaming-wise. I used to wear myself out too thin with all of these meta-games -- like streaks, contests, dives, bumping up the GS -- but thankfully, I've found a good balance and have been walking that line since the start of this year. It's all about that personal amusement for me and it's been refreshing. Take Rocket League
the other day: it was so much fun, I somehow pulled off stunts like this one:
I still like to be a good sport and partake in all of these community events, but nothing too hardcore. I just got to a point that there's nothing to prove and put the focus back on having fun; being casual with it all. After all, only .001% of this site will only get the recognition for their gaming feats. Then again, perhaps unlocking achievements are more gratifying than I was led to believe.
The immeasurable generosity of other gamers who tirelessly share the Halo LASO achievements have amazed me. The world needs more of these people and less people who have this entitled, "gimmie gimmie" attitude. What's befuddling is that the people who have that attitude somehow get more recognition than those fine people.
Anyway, I'm about to start my Bean Dive that will perfectly coincide with my Genre Project. Details will emerge in my friend feed.
And, with that - take care everyone. Hope you all have a great weekend.
[UPDATED: June 16, 2017]
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